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This book is a collection of the author’s columns written for both Skeptical Inquirer and several other publications. Though published nearly 20 years ago, many of the topics Gardner discusses are still highly relevant in current times. His essays range over subjects including televangelism to UFOlogy. I found his discussion on the widespread fraud perpetuated by famous psychics and the persistent gullibility of paranormal researchers to be particularly informative. Though not specifically just ...more
Recopilación de columnas del autor en el Skeptical Inquirer, y continuación de La ciencia: lo bueno, lo malo y lo falso. En los artículos el autor comenta libros y acontecimientos relacionados con todas las calañas y catervas de las pseudociencias: parapsicología, psicocinesis, telequinesia... Así como en el anterior libro el prota absoluto de las cricifixiones era Uri Geller, ese farsante, en esta entrega parece llevarse la copa a la tarada del año la ínclita Shirley McLane, a la que dedica tre ...more
Another classic Gardner. Not as amazing, or dense, as his "Science: Good, Bad, Bogus," but still a welcome addition to the bookshelf. A voracious citer, Gardner's books will often leave you with more authors/books to seek out; this one is no different.
Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.More about Martin Gardner...